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Save the ranch – now

Dear Editor:

The Living Arts Foundation is currently in possession of 35 acres of wild land in the Roaring Fork Valley. Their stewardship of this land for the past 12 years is to be commended. But they may not be in possession of this wonderful place much longer. A court-ordered sale has been extended but the scheduled date of Nov. 2 is fast approaching.

They still need $19,889 to bring their loan current and save their land for which more than $200,000 has been raised in the last 12 years. Donations to keep this land in their ownership must arrive by Oct. 28. The Living Arts Foundation has existed for the past 24 years in the Roaring Fork Valley and has been instrumental in many ecological projects. They have produced an original 1988 holiday play about pollution at the Community School and helped establish the Recycling Center and Art Park where the theater tent is now.

From 1993-97 they held two-day environmental leadership sessions in July at ACES. I attended some of those sessions. The land has been used to take small retreat groups and respectfully interact with nature. Aside form these treats helping influence our community, they have had far-reaching effects such as the group that went to help in NYC after Sept. 11, 2001. A retreat planned for July of 2010 will help community leaders and students work for a better future.

As you can see this land holds more than just the equity of a non-profit, the Living Arts Foundation, it holds the future for kids connecting with nature.

Bill Kight

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